The Full form of TC is Transfer Certificate. TC is a document signed by the head of a school or institution signifying that the student has fulfilled the education requirements of their locality. Transfer certificate and leaving certificate literally means the same. It is issued by the school on the completion of a course that is usually after 10th and 12th boards. Even if a student is leaving the school in any standard (say 9th grade), then also he need a TC provided by that school.
The purpose behind TC is to ‘release’ a student from one school so that he can join another school. Migration certificate is generally issued by the college or university after finishing university exam. Migration certificate is used when a student changes his board or university; whereas a TC (Transfer certificate) is issued when a student is pass out. Therefore, a student must have it with him when he is going to collect his final certificates. Schools can admit students until Grade 8 without TC but for admissions from Grade 9 and above TC is compulsory.
As per the Right to Education (RTE) act, Transfer Certificate is not necessary for admitting the children in lower classes. If there is no legal issue with the child, the schools also can’t deny giving TC.